Ziyech: Gets a bigger pie in Chelsea
Chelsea has completed a deal with Ajax to sign on Moroccan Hakim Ziyec, a winger, for a fee in the region of £40m at the end of the summer season.
Ziyech, who helped Ajax win the league and Dutch Cup double last season, has continued his fine form this term with eight goals and 18 assists across the Eredivisie and Champions League.
It is a familiar tale for the 26-year-old, who has scored more than 50 goals and registered at least 15 assists in three straight seasons since moving to Amsterdam in 2017.
Dutch defender Ramon Zomer, who played alongside Ziyech for SC Heerenveen, said his vision set him apart from both team-mates and opponents from an early age.
“I was sat on the bench and tried to keep track of how often he saw openings that we didn’t see,” centre-back Zomer said of Ziyech, who came through the academy at Heerenveen and signed his first professional deal aged 19.
“There were a lot of them. It was not nice to be a substitute, but with Hakim on the field we at least had something to enjoy.”” – Three things on new Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech.
In a separate development, the Nigerian striker, Odion Jude Ighalo, has been banned from his new club’s training ground over fears regarding the Corona Virus.
The Nigerian has been training at GB Taekwondo
since arriving at Manchester United from his Chinese club.
Ighalo was also not allowed to travel with the first team to Maraballa for the mid-season training in Spain over fears regarding the deadly Coronavirus.
Nonetheless, he has been given a fourteen day incubation period and it has been confirmed he will be part of the first team squad for the trip to Stamford Bridge on February 17.
The Striker has been a childhood fan of Manchester United and recently confirmed his happiness at completing a move.